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Sheldon Richardson | Defensive Lineman | #91

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/29/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 294
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (13) / NYJ
Contract: view contract details

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Jets coach Todd Bowles was non-committal on the future of DE Sheldon Richardson.
The Jets are fully expected to attempt to trade Richardson, but they might not like what they are offered. Richardson is undoubtedly talented, but he has a history of off-field issues and everyone knows the Jets want to trade him. ESPN's Rich Cimini has speculated they may have to settle for a third-round pick. Mar 2 - 8:50 AM

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ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini reiterated New York will "almost certainly" try to trade DE Sheldon Richardson over the next couple weeks.

Richardson is a man without a position in New York. Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams are the Jets' top two 3-4 ends, and coach Todd Bowles was forced to move Richardson around, giving him some reps at linebacker. He's a three-technique tackle and one of the better interior pass rushers in the league. The Jets will likely try to get a first-rounder in return, but may have to settle for a day-two pick. Richardson has one year left on his contract at $8.069 million, which becomes guaranteed March 9.
Feb 27 - 9:49 AM

According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, teams are only willing to trade a third-round pick for Jets RE Sheldon Richardson.

Cimini fully expects the Jets to shop Richardson, citing the team's "surplus of defensive linemen" and Richardson's immaturity. Moving Richardson would also free up $8.1 million in cap space. The Jets were hoping to get a first-rounder for Richardson leading up to the trade deadline, but nobody took the bait. If the Jets are serious about moving him, they'll need to lower their asking price.
Feb 11 - 11:08 AM

ESPN's Rich Cimini expects the Jets to trade RE Sheldon Richardson this offseason.

"He'll go back on the trading block in the offseason," Cimini wrote. "This time, they'll get a deal done." The Jets appeared to make their choice when they gave Muhammad Wilkerson a big extension, and that decision was all but confirmed when they tried to move Richardson at the deadline. Richardson brings some off-field headaches, but he is one of the most talented defenders in the league. The Jets might be able to nab a first-round pick this offseason. Richardson is owed just over $8 million next season in the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 12:30:00 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Jets wanted a first-round pick for Sheldon Richardson in trade talks with the Cowboys.

It's not exactly surprising. Richardson is a recent first-rounder with monstrous upside. It's also not surprising that the Cowboys said no. Richardson is an off-the-field headache, and reportedly chronically late to team meetings. He is signed through only 2017. Someone might be more willing to pony up a first-day pick in the more hopeful times of the offseason.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 06:19:00 PM

NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes reports Jets DEs Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson "are regularly late or miss team meetings."

The Jets did not confirm why Richardson and Wilkerson were benched for the first quarter of the Week 9 loss to the Dolphins, but it is easy to guess the reason following this report. Wilkerson was benched for a quarter and fined last season for being late to a team meeting. New York is stuck with Wilkerson after giving him $86 million over the offseason, but Richardson was the subject of trade rumors before the deadline and likely will be again during the offseason.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 09:46:00 AM

Sheldon Richardson said he is the "odd man out" on the Jets' defensive line.

The subject of trade rumors before the deadline, Richardson is not taking the talk personally. "We’ve got three guys that play the same position," Richardson said. "We’re all effective. It’s a surplus, so I’m the odd man out." Under contract for one more season because of the fifth-year option, Richardson looks unlikely to get a long-term deal from a team which invested heavily in Muhammad Wilkerson and drafted Leonard Williams in the first round last year. It would not be surprising if Richardson is moved this offseason.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 09:59:00 AM

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson was not traded before Tuesday's deadline.

He'll remain a Jet for the rest of the season, but figures to feature frequently in offseason trade chatter. Richardson is having an effective season, but the Jets have a glut of high-priced talent up front. Richardson's history of off-the-field issues will complicate any potential winter/spring trade.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 04:19:00 PM

Profootballtalk reports the Jets are "actively shopping" Sheldon Richardson ahead of Tuesday afternoon's trade deadline.

There's roughly 90 minutes to go. PFT's news comes on the heels of ESPN Dallas' report that the Jets had called Dallas about Richardson. Trades rarely come to fruition on deadline day, but this is definitely one to watch.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 02:20:00 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer reports the Jets called the Cowboys about a potential Sheldon Richardson trade.

The Jets have a glut up front and are going nowhere this season. The No. 13 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Richardson is signed through 2017 thanks to his fifth-year team option. He's having another strong season, and would drastically upgrade the Cowboys' defensive line. All that being said, like most NFL trades, it's extremely unlikely to happen.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 02:16:00 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, teams have been "calling" about Jets DE Sheldon Richardson.

The trade deadline is Tuesday at 4 PM ET, so the Jets only have two days left to strike a deal. The Jets don't have much cap space available and Richardson has only one year remaining on his contract after this season. It wouldn't hurt the Jets to at least gauge his value over the next 48 hours. If the Jets don't get an offer to their liking, they could look to trade Richardson again during the offseason.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 10:28:00 AM

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson is set to return after serving his one-game suspension.

New York will have to make a roster move to activate Richardson, but that should happen early in the week. The Jets recorded seven sacks and hounded Andy Dalton all game without Richardson Week 1, and the defensive line should be able to cause even more havoc with him back in the lineup. With the Bills possibly missing Sammy Watkins (foot) on Thursday, the Jets DST will be a great play.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 12:21:00 PM

NJ Advance Media's Darryl Slater believes Jets DE Sheldon Richardson will "surely" cost more than Muhmmad Wilkerson's $54 million guaranteed.

Richardson can't become a free agent until 2018, but extension talks will almost certainly begin next offseason. After serving a four-game suspension last year and ticketed for a one-game ban to start this one, Richardson carries a lot more off-field baggage than Wilkerson, but he also will enter the negotiation period after what is expected to be another big NFL salary-cap bump. The extra money in the market will drive up Richardson's price, giving the Jets yet another tough contract decision along the defensive line.
Sat, Jul 16, 2016 09:41:00 AM

NFL suspended Jets DL Sheldon Richardson one game for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

The suspension stems from a traffic incident last summer in which Richardson allegedly drove as fast as 143 miles per hour and attempted to evade the officer who was pulling him over. With Richardson on the sidelines Week 1, free-agent addition Jarvis Jenkins should see plenty of snaps. Despite his off-field troubles, the Jets activated Richardson's fifth-year option in April.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 12:57:00 PM

Jets DL Sheldon Richardson said he's back down to 309 pounds after playing closer to 320 last season.

That's closer to where Richardson played as a rookie in 2013. Richardson believes it will help him get downfield more. "He was a little heavier last year," coach Todd Bowles said. "Sheldon's a good athlete. He holds it well. He can move, but, being a little bit lighter for him will play into his benefit." The concern for Richardson's 2016 isn't his weight, but a possible suspension after he was arrested on traffic and resisting arrest charges last summer. The case has been resolved, so an NFL ruling should come sometime this summer.
Thu, May 26, 2016 06:47:00 PM

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